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CO VE R S TO R Y This year marks Mohawk College’s 40th anniversar y as an O ntario college and we’re welcoming all alumni to our Homecoming O c tober 12 to O c tober 13 Pa ge 21

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Welcoming Words


MaryLynn West-Moynes President of Mohawk College Greetings Alumni, Our Mohawk College vision is inspiring learning, leadership and citizenship. In some regards it is a simple vision, and in others ways the complexity of this vision is quite considerable indeed. When you are the president of a college committed to accountability, you ask yourself what are the signs, what are the performance criteria that demonstrate whether or not you are reaching this vision? Perhaps the most difficult word to measure in our vision is “inspiring” – quite a dramatic word on some counts but the right word if you consider it represents a signal that a strong community college does its work through others; that is, through staff to students, through students and graduates to employers, through students and graduates to community, through community to staff and so on. As we all prepare for our 40th Anniversary Celebration, I find myself reflecting on our graduates’ accomplishments over the years. The only really accurate description would be inspiring! Everywhere I travel, in all walks of life, on professional or personal matters, I have the great privilege to meet and greet college graduates, and to be specific, Mohawk College graduates who have made significant impact in our communities, this great province, our country and indeed internationally. No doubt, after 40 stellar years, we are coming of age, and what better age to be than 40? To celebrate, our Mohawk Alumni Association and countless volunteers are organizing our first great Homecoming Weekend, and I am looking forward to welcoming hundreds or thousands of you ‘home’ to Mohawk. An exciting series of events is planned, as you will see detailed in this edition of In Touch, but I know the highlight will be reconnecting with


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classmates and staff. We have also arranged for tours to all our four campuses, and have just opened our new Alumni House. The Stoney Creek campus is almost transformed into the Mohawk Skilled Trades & Apprenticeship Research, Resources and Training or STARRT Institute. You will hear all about our Brantford Revitalization Plan, and view new state-ofthe-art equipment at the Institute for Applied Health Sciences. You’ll note that we’re also celebrating additional anniversaries this year. While the Ontario college system is 40 years old, we’ve been in the business of postsecondary education since our first incarnation as the Provincial Institute of Textiles in 1947, and recognized for our leadership in technology since our second incarnation as the Hamilton Institute of Technology in 1957. And we’ve been Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology since 1967! Over the past decades we’ve welcomed two Princesses (Princess Ann and Princess Marconi), Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, and Governor General Roland Michener to our campus, as well as many Ontario Premiers and Cabinet Ministers. Check out our special Second Life photo retrospective on our website at 01/30 to see more. I can assure you there aren’t a lot of men wearing ties on campus today. We’ve certainly come a long way, thanks to you. Whether you are a new graduate, or a not-so-new graduate, I look forward to welcoming you back to your college October 12 and 13! When you are travelling from downtown Hamilton or elsewhere, I am confident you too will be inspired by your fellow graduates and have a little fun along the way!

Welcoming Words Keeping Alumni Busy and Connected Wendy Makey Manager, Alumni Relations Recreation and Leadership, ‘93 Where did the summer go? Alumni House was opened and a Housewarming Party was thrown. It seems like yesterday that it was June and we were r e m i n i s c i n g w i t h a l u m n i members at the 3rd Annual Alumni Golf Classic, Classic where over 160 individuals enjoyed a great day of golf and fellowship. The following week we felt like proud parents watching over 3,000 of our graduates, at seven different ceremonies, walk across the stage to receive their diploma or certificate, and join our alumni family. The Alumni of Distinction selection committee met and after much deliberation chose our five

distinguished alumni winners for 2007. We were awed by the nominations received for the Incredible 40 at 40. We were overwhelmed to discover how Mohawk graduates are demonstrating leadership and citizenship in their lives and in their communities. The Homecoming Committee met diligently and our vision of Homecoming is coming together, after much brainstorming, organization and planning. Now an exciting Homecoming schedule of events is planned for any and all graduates on October 12 and 13. Join us and celebrate Mohawk’s 40th Anniversary, connect with your classmates, and take a trip down memory lane. Register online at Hope to see you soon – keep in touch.

Alumni Mixer

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Class of ‘67

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TO ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Sandi Richardson Chair, Alumni Association Council Early Childhood Education, ‘71

The start of a new semester, a new season and a new and improved Mohawk College Alumni Association has all the members around the board table anxious to get started. I am proud to say that the Alumni Association has finally entered the twenty-first century with a new set of by-laws, a vision, a mission and a new list of values. We have been working on these accomplishments over the past two years so you can understand our enthusiasm to move forward. I would like to share the new Mission Statement with you: Mohawk College Alumni Association is the catalyst for a life long relationship between Mohawk College and its Alumni. Our Vision Statement is as follows: Mohawk College Alumni Association is the most successful alumni association in Canada. We need your support to help us to achieve our

Mission and Vision ideals. The Association plans to friend-raise and become more predominant in the community. We have had wonderful support at our third annual Golf Classic and our most recent Alumni of Distinction Dinner. Alumni House is a welcomed addition situated at the Mohawk College Fennell Campus. We are now visible to both our alumni as well as our community. We celebrated with an Open House and were excited about the wonderful signage that appears on the front lawn. We are a path of growth and as the plans are unfolding for our Homecoming on October 12 and 13 we look forward to meeting our alumni members. I would encourage you to attend our AGM to share in our advancements and to make your vote count. We invite comments and hope to see many new and familiar faces at all the festivities that are being planned. Please visit us online at


Sandi Richardson, Chair Early Childhood Education,‘71

Joanne O’Brien, Director Office Administration-Executive,‘04

Diana Zanin,Vice Chair Business Administration,‘80

Alex Paris, Director Recreation Leadership,‘90

Lidia Siino, Director Journalism and Communications Media,‘02

Morgan Seele, Past President Computer Systems,‘02

Mo Mauri, Director Business, ‘77

Jason Lee, President Mohawk Students’ Association



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Alumni News ALUMNI FAST FACTS Alumni House is located on Fennell Campus. Office hours Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone: 905-575-2258 E-Mail: Website: Ser ving Over 75,000 Alumni!

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PROGRAMS • Home, Auto and Travel Insurance • Mosaik Mastercard • Diploma and Certificate Frames • Alumni Clothing and Gift Merchandise • Jostens School Rings • Upper James Toyota Discount Pricing EVENTS & ACTIVITIES • Alumni of Distinction Awards Dinner • Mohawk College Alumni Golf Classic • Homecoming and Reunions • Corporate Coffee Breaks

House Warming at Alumni House On Monday, May 7, 2007, the doors were officially opened, inviting alumni and guests to the new Alumni House located on Fennell Campus. With an expanding alumni base, now over 75,000, supplying the needs of these former students is daunting. Thanks to Mohawk College for making the facility available, and assisting in the makeover of an empty house into the warm, open and welcoming home of your alumni staff.

Alumni House was alive and full with mingling guests of past and present board members and alumni over many decades, sharing stories of their times at Mohawk College. Stop by Alumni House during our office hours to take advantage of the many specials afforded you as a graduate of Mohawk College. In addition, check out the latest alumni merchandise available to display your pride. But most of all, make Alumni House your stop for a friendly visit, updating your information and staying ‘In Touch’ with your friends and fellow alumni.

Diana Zanin ‘ 80, Mary Hrycay ‘86, Christine Daw, Karen Lavell ‘78, Jodie Lavell and George Morasse ‘70

Trish Stendzis ‘74 and Laura Hyk ‘82

Front: Mike Vanderlaan ‘98 and Mary Hrycay ‘86 Back: Mindy Tweedle Laforet ‘02 and MaryLynn West-Moynes

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Alumni News Advertising Reunion




Advertising class of 1982 in 1981 Yearbook Left to right: Back Row: Rob Beattie, Chuck Stanojevich, Terry Downey, Gary Dunn, Gail Coomber, Rick Beith, Mike Greene, John Kostakos, Carl Cino. Middle Row: Eleanor Patzalek, Beth Mann, Lynda Stringfellow, M. Ann Stewart, Heather Davidson, Cathy Demeshewski. Front: Elaine Lester, Mary Ann Grainger

Written by Rob Beattie

Twenty-five years later, 14 graduates return with their families for their anniversary reunion party in Ancaster, ON, in preparation for Mohawk Alumni Homecoming 2007, but as writer Rob Beattie says, “We needed a house party, like we used to have in college.”


n Saturday June 23, 2007, graduates of the Advertising program of the class of 1982 got together for a 25th Anniversary Reunion in Ancaster. Many of us still live in the area so it was an easy drive, but grads came from as far as Toronto, Chatham, and even Ottawa to attend the little get-together. A couple of others had to send regrets because of previous commitments. (Hopefully we’ll see them in October!) Planning actually started a couple of years ago, when a couple of us started tossing the idea around for a reunion. We realized that Mohawk would be having a homecoming this October, and even though we will be attending it, that wasn’t our style. We needed a house party, like we used to have in college. Rick quickly volunteered his place, as it has the perfect size deck, the perfect size lawn, and the exact amount of sun and shade to ensure we all didn’t melt. Even the weather cooperated with beautiful clear blue skies and pleasant temperatures. Approximately 50 people showed up, including 14 of the 18 grads from the class, and their spouses and kids of all ages. There were probably more, but we lost count! Everyone was enjoying themselves, running around, playing 10

games and talking. It seemed that each alumnus would make his/her entrance with their families, and there would be laughter and tears as they would be greeted by the group as if it were still 1982. It’s obvious that this group is very close, and that the friendships that began in the fall of 1979 have continued to this day, and there is no doubt that they’ll last forever. We had games for everyone, including a shoe kick, water balloon toss, Bocce, and more. Kids of all ages played, and most certainly enjoyed the day. The idea was to have a few games to keep the younger kids occupied, giving the adults a chance to talk about old times, but the adults and alumni were right in there, getting soaked in the water balloon toss, and making fun of themselves playing some strange games, including one involving rolls of toilet paper

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and a plunger between their legs. We had some great music all from around 1980, and later on into the night some of us even sang karaoke. Food was plentiful, as was the drink. There certainly was no shortage here. We all pitched in to make sure everyone would be looked after. We did manage to take a few pictures, and we did come up with the “official 25th reunion picture” you’ll see on this page. It’s fun to compare it to the one of us from college. I think we all agreed to attend the Homecoming at Mohawk this October, and we’ve also agreed that we’ll have another reunion party, but Rick says we’ll have to wait five more years to have it at his house! It certainly was great to get together with old friends. See you in October!

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3rd Annual

Mohawk College

Alumni Golf Classic

Top Men’s Team Ron Kenesky, Jerry Mays, Bob Stacey, Ray Davis

Having Fun on the Greens: Mario Suffoletta strikes a pose at the 3rd Annual Mohawk College Alumni Golf Classic .


re ce n t l y had an o p p o r t u n i t y t o participate in a n a l u m n i e v e n t , specifically the Mohawk College Alumni Golf C l a s s i c , h e l d a t Century Pines. This was the first time that I had played in the event, and I had heard that theWritten tournament just seems to get bigger by Davebetter Millard and every year. I had the honour of playing in a foursome with former Mohawk College President Keith McIntyre, as well as former Board of Governor’s Chair Gary Beveridge. Last, but certainly not least, especially from a golf standpoint, was Keith’s grandson, Andrew. We certainly could not have asked for better weather as it seemed that the moment the sun rose, all the golfers were primed and ready to go. An excellent breakfast ensured that all of the golfers were given lots of energy for the task ahead. The fairways were filled with hackers, weekend golfers, diehard golfers, and even a few pros. As with any tournament, slower play caused a few backups, but what better chance to catch up with friends one hadn’t seen in a while or the chance to sneak a peek at other’s scorecards to see how good (or bad) they were doing. Of course, who doesn’t know Keith?

And so I was able to meet such a huge cross-section of alumni who had attended the event, with explanations of who this or that person was. There were people from the Hamilton Institute of Technology (prior to being named Mohawk College) and just about every year in-between. It also provided the opportunity to network with old friends, see what they were up to, and to make plans to get together, whether for business, or just to keep in touch. It really is amazing to see just how many Mohawk grads have succeeded in holding important or prominent positions within our own community, yet still have the common bond. I am so happy to be a part of that Mohawk Connection. The event finished off with a delicious lunch and, of course, the prizes, and although our foursome toughed it out the last few holes to register a respectable 11-under (good for third place) the winners “took it all” with an astounding 16-under. We’ll be back again, though, next year to give it another try. Hope to see you out as well!

Top Mixed Team Peggi DeGroote, Gene Stodolak, MaryLynn West-Moynes, Allan Greve

Top Female Team Pat Legato, Anita Mullen, Doreen Wills, Cathy Wellwood

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Around Campus Degree Opportunities


re you considering completing a university degree? Come and explore degree completion opportunities at the Mohawk College Graduate Pathways Fair on Wednesday, January 23, at Fennell Campus. Alumni from all program areas are invited to come, meet with representatives from Mohawk’s university degree completion partners, and discuss pathways to earning a degree. Add a bachelor’s or master’s degree to your academic credentials. Mohawk graduates have access to an ever increasing number of degree completion options as a result of enhancements to existing articulation agreements and development of new ones with university partners in Ontario, across Canada, in the United States and Australia. These agreements allow Mohawk graduates to continue learning in order to meet their educational and personal goals. Articulation agreements between Mohawk College and universities facilitate university admission for graduates by giving credit for college study. Mohawk graduates may receive credit for several courses, or for a year or more towards a university degree. This allows students to develop practical skills and knowledge at the college level and to build on this foundation with more theoretical learning at university, an excellent return-on-investment for postsecondary tuition. Laurier Brantford and Mohawk College have partnered for several years allowing graduates from 23 Mohawk College programs the opportunity to complete a degree in a shortened period. With an increased workload and some courses in the 16

Is a University Degree in Your Future? summer, students can complete a General Bachelor of Arts degree in as little as a year and half, or an Honours BA in just two and half years. Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey, is one of Mohawk’s newest articulation partners. The agreement with Centenary allows Mohawk Business Administration diploma graduates admission to a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program and alumni from the International Business Management and Human Resources Administration graduate certificate programs admission to Centenary’s Master of Business Administration degree program, providing all admission

criteria has been met. The Centenary degrees are geared toward Mohawk graduates living anywhere in the world and requiring the flexibility of an online educational experience. In addition to the online delivery format, studies are available in-residence at Centenary’s northwest New Jersey campus. Michigan’s Davenport University

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recently added a public safety and security degree completion program to the Mohawk agreement. In March 2007, Davenport began offering graduates from two and threeyear business diploma programs the option to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration and alumni from several business graduate certificate programs the chance to complete a master’s level degree. Davenport has several delivery options available so you can study full time in a classroom setting or carry out your studies part time through DU Online. A 2006 survey of first semester students at Mohawk revealed that almost 50 per cent identify a goal of achieving a university degree after they complete their college diploma. Six months after graduation, more than 15 per cent of graduates surveyed indicate that they are in further education. McMaster University, Wilfrid Laurier University (including Laurier Brantford) and Brock University are the top university destinations of Mohawk graduates in full-time degree programs at the time of the survey. Several very exciting, new articulation agreements are in development and Mohawk will continue to expand the options in order to meet the demand and needs of graduates, so check the website regularly for updates. More information about degree completion opportunities, articulation agreements, collaborative degrees, credit transfer and frequently asked questions can also be found on the site: Please send your degree completion questions to g r a d . or call 905-575-1212 ext. 3775.

Around AroundCampus Campus Technology Alumni Share Work Experience at Grad Night Written by Jason Forde


aving the opportunity to be one of the alumni speakers at Mohawk’s Technology Grad night was a worthwhile experience. I was surprised at the number of students that took the time out of their evening to come and hear what the graduate speakers had to say about their careers after Mohawk, specifically

from Building and Construction Sciences. To share my experiences and answer questions relating to my professional background and the steps I took to get there was truly an honour. I not only had the opportunity to share my thoughts and experiences, but also listen to what others had done with their careers and hear what

expectations upcoming graduates had about the working world. An event like Grad Night is a great opportunity for graduates to work on their public speaking skills, as it is a casual relaxed setting. All in all, grad night was a great night for speaking, listening and reuniting with former teachers.

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Spring Convocation 2007 Alumni Speakers


Convocation is the favourite time of year for the Mohawk College Alumni Association! We are pleased to attend ceremonies recognizing the academic excellence of our graduates. The enthusiasm and commitment of graduates heading toward new adventures motivates us to provide advocacy with a wide variety of programs and services. We love hearing from you! Please keep in touch and let us know about your respective paths. Congratulations to all of our graduates!

Gabby Roy


fter graduation from Travel and Tourism, Gabby found herself back home in Simcoe working as a Travel Agent for Featherstone Travel. She needed another challenge and decided to move to Toronto and further her education at the Yorkville School of Beauty. Just as her new journey was going to begin, she received a phone call from Air Canada Jazz and now she travels the skies as a Flight Attendant. Gabby’s love for travel was validated when she was one of the 21 Canadians who were chosen on an exchange to Germany in the summer of 2002. While at Mohawk, Gabby was a member of the Varsity Badminton Team and volunteered at the World Cycling Championships. She also was a Cadet and received numerous awards. In her spare time she loves to play soccer, Rollerblade and watch British TV programs.

HoOdo Ibrahim


oodo Ibrahim would like you to think that she is just another graduate with a job and children, not unlike many other people. Hoodo is a graduate from the Practical Nursing Program and the Personal Support Worker Program. She is a prime example of a graduate who has met many different challenges throughout her education career at Mohawk and succeeded as she reached her goals. Hoodo was honoured at her 2004 Graduation as one of our top exceptional students, with a Gold Medal. Hoodo is now furthering her education and is enrolled in the BScN Program.

Debbie Crickmore


ebbie Crickmore wants to make you think that she’s just another graduate with a job, kids and someone who gives back to their community – not unlike other people. But, she’s a prime example of a graduate who learned from her own experiences and knows the importance of volunteering and community involvement. Debbie is the Director of McMaster Children’s Centre. She graduated from the Mohawk College Early Childhood Education Program in 1980. A Certified Early Childhood Educator by the Association of Early Childhood Educators, Ontario, and the Past President of the Hamilton Branch. She is the Chair of the Mohawk College ECE Advisory Committee, the Chair of the Hamilton’s Supervisors’ Network Group, the Chair of the MTCU ECE Industry Committee and a member of the Hamilton Early Learning Partners – Best Practices, and a Partner in the CURA Research Project.


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Spring Convocation 2007 Alumni Speakers

Jason McLean


fter graduating from Law and Security in 1992, Jason McLean went on to further his education at the University of Waterloo and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Social Development Studies and a General Social Work Certificate. Jason continued his studies at Waterloo by completing his Master’s in Science at the School of Optometry where his thesis examined the orientation and mobility needs for older persons with low vision. He was awarded the Purse Doctoral Fellowship from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and in the middle of his Ph.D. Program, Jason was recruited into the Ontario Public Service in 2000. Ironically, Jason started his career with the Colleges Branch of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, and went on to hold various senior policy assignments related to both public and private postsecondary education. Raised in Brantford, Jason currently resides in Vaughan, Ontario, with his wife Rita and two young daughters and currently assists in coaching his daughter’s soccer team.

Tim Davey


im Davey, as a Business Administration grad, is one of a growing number of our graduates who has continued life after Mohawk, but remembers what it is all about to give back to their community. He currently is working with Grafikom as the Manager of On-Site Services, oversees the warehouse, distribution and maintains the Sales Accounts. One of his highlights has been signing the first in-house facility for Grenville outside Ontario. Tim is a former President of the Mohawk Students’ Representative Council, now the MSA. He was the first ever elected student to have a voting position on the Board of Governors. He also sat on the Mohawk College Alumni Association Board. He has been actively involved with the Canadian Cancer Society, Hamilton Mountain Division for nine years. He has been a Member at Large for the Board of Directors for the Cancer Assistance Program in Hamilton since 1994. And he is currently the President of Racquetball Ontario and a Board of Director for Racquetball Canada. Tim lives in Oakville with his wife Margaret. During his spare time he enjoys racquetball, golf, sailing, running and volunteering.

Morgan Seele


organ was a gold medal recipient when he graduated from the Computer Systems - Software Engineering Co-Op program in 2002. After graduating from Mohawk, Morgan accepted a full-time position in Waterloo with one of his former co-op employers, Agfa HealthCare, where he has been involved in the development of leading medical imaging software used in hospitals across Canada and throughout the world. He started as a software developer, eventually managing his own team of developers and currently fills a product management role where his responsibilities include the definition of product requirements and facilitating the translation of customer needs into effective technical solutions When not travelling on business across North America or Europe “Captain” Morgan, an avid sailor, can normally be found somewhere on Lake Ontario engaged in competitive sailing. When ashore he continues to volunteer his time here at the college as the past President of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and still regularly makes time to meet up with his former Mohawk classmates in Hess Village. Morgan’s continued commitment to high standards in his professional and academic pursuits combined with his ongoing volunteer contributions to the Mohawk College community make him an alumnus that we at Mohawk College are extremely proud of.

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Spring Convocation 2007 Alumni Speakers

Ashleigh Levesque


ince graduation from the BScN program, Ashleigh Levesque has been working part time at the Henderson Hospital in their Intensive Care Unit. In August, she will be moving to the west coast as she has taken a full time job at the Vancouver General Hospital in their Intensive Care Unit. Ashleigh will also be attending the University of British Columbia and begin her Master’s. While in school, she was involved in many extracurricular activities, such as the nursing society (MUNSS) and was the official delegate of the Canadian Nursing Students Association (CNSA). Ashleigh was asked to be the Student Representative with the school or Nursing’s Preceptorship Program, Mohawk’s video publication to promote the program to high school students, various evidence-based information sessions, the school of nursing’s evaluation committee and a Welcome week representative for the new incoming students.

Annette Hamm


Broadcast Journalism graduate of Mohawk College, Annette Hamm has been part of the CH News team since 1986. Residents of Hamilton, Halton and Niagara can begin their day with Annette on CH Morning Live and appreciate her pleasant demeanor and comfortable approach to the morning news. Her most recent reporting role was as the CH crime reporter, but she has also covered general assignment and environmental beats. Occasionally Annette can be seen on CH News at Noon. Outside of work, Annette is a dedicated member of the Hamilton YWCA; sits on the Board of Directors for Charlton Hall Child and Family Services and volunteers with the Hamilton Burlington SPCA. Annette grew up on a tobacco farm outside of Langton, Ontario, and now lives on Hamilton Mountain with her husband and their two adorable cats.


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Friday October 12 to Saturday October 13 TWO DAYS OF ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS HOSTED BY YOUR MOHAWK COLLEGE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION The following two pages are your official program guide. To register by Phone call 905-575-2258

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Friday, October 12, 2007 ACTIVITY




11am to 4pm

Various Class Rooms

All Campuses

4pm to

Registration Canopy


4pm to 6pm

North Cafeteria


6pm 8pm

Fennell Gym


Past SAC & Varsity Alumni Reception

7pm to 9pm

Fennell Mezzanine


Past Student Leaders Meet & Greet

7pm to 9pm

Alumni Hall


Past Arnie and Cellar Staff Reunion

7pm to 9pm



“Meecha at the Arnie” Pub

8pm to 1am

Arnie / Cellar


Alumni Guest Speakers for current Students Registration Check In Quarter Century Club and Retirees Celebration (by invitation) Varsity Women’s Basketball vs Alumni Game Varsity Men’s Basketball vs Alumni Game


Past SAC & Varsity Alumni Reception Friday, October 12, 2007 Fennell Mezzanine RSVP Call 905-575-2075


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Saturday, October 13, 2007 ACTIVITY ACTIVITY



Registration Check In 9am to 2pm Registration Canopy Registration Check In 9am to 2pm Registration Canopy Open House and Campus Tours 10am to 2pm Main Lobby for Tours Open House and Campus Tours 10am to 2pm Main Lobby for Tours SHUTTLES RUNNING TO EACH CAMPUS AND RETURNING AT 12:30PM SHUTTLES RUNNING TO EACH CAMPUS AND RETURNING AT 12:30PM Brantford Campus Tour TBA Brantford Campus Brantford Campus Tour TBA Brantford Campus IAHS Campus Tour TBA IAHS IAHS Campus Tour TBA IAHS STARRT Campus Tour TBA STARRT (Stoney Creek) STARRT Campus Tour TBA STARRT (Stoney Creek) Decade Rooms 60’s/70’s/80’s/90’s/ 21st century 10am to 2pm North Cafeteria Decade Rooms 60’s/70’s/80’s/90’s/ 21st century 10am to 2pm North Cafeteria Children’s Fun Zone “Drop Off” Area 10am to 4pm Fennell Gym / Open Access Children’s Fun Zone “Drop Off” Area 10am to 4pm Fennell Gym / Open Access Bookstore & Campus Den Open for Souvenir Needs 10am to 2pm Book Store & Campus Den Bookstore & Campus Den Open for Souvenir Needs 10am to 2pm Book Store & Campus Den Alumni Association Reunion and AGM 10am to 12noon i131 & Rotunda Alumni Association Reunion and AGM 10am to 12noon i131 & Rotunda Alumni Co-ed Soccer Game 11am Back Field Alumni Co-ed Soccer Game 11am Back Field Varsity Women’s Fastball Game 11am Mohawk Sports Park Varsity Women’s Fastball Game 11am Mohawk Sports Park Mohawk Family Geo Tracking Game 11am to 12noon Residence Front Doors Mohawk Family Geo Tracking Game 11am to 12noon Residence Front Doors Tailgate BBQ Lunch 11am to 1pm Tent Tailgate BBQ Lunch 11am to 1pm Tent Varsity Women’s Soccer Game 1pm Hillfield Strathallan Varsity Women’s Soccer Game 1pm Hillfield Strathallan Varsity Men’s Rugby Game 1pm Mohawk Sports Park Varsity Men’s Rugby Game 1pm Mohawk Sports Park Varsity Men’s Soccer Game 3pm Hillfield Strathallan Varsity Men’s Soccer Game 3pm Hillfield Strathallan ALUMNI MIXER ALUMNI MIXER Celebrating the 25 YEAR CLUB – Class of 1982 Celebrating 25 YEAR CLUB – Class of 1982 Honouring thethe Class of 1967 Honouring the Class of 1967

2pm to 4pm 2pm to 4pm

Past Student Leaders Reunions Past Student Leaders Reunions

3:30pm to 5pm 3:30pm to 5pm

Grill & Chill with Performer Mike Woods Grill & Chill with Performer Mike Woods Entertainment Theatre Entertainment Theatre Homecoming Party Homecoming Party Anniversary Fireworks Anniversary Fireworks

5pm to 7pm 5pm to 7pm 6:30pm to 8pm 6:30pm to 8pm 8pm to 1am 8pm to 1am Dusk Dusk

SITE SITE Fennell Fennell Fennell Fennell

Brantford Brantford McMaster McMaster STARRT STARRT Fennell Fennell Fennell Fennell Fennell Fennell Fennell Fennell Fennell Fennell Off Site Off Site Fennell Fennell Fennell Fennell Hillfield Hillfield Off Site Off Site Hillfield Hillfield

South Cafeteria South Cafeteria

Fennell Fennell

Student Centre - MSA Student Centre - MSA Haddad Lounge - MCACES Haddad Lounge - MCACES Arnie Arnie McIntyre Theatre McIntyre Theatre Arnie Arnie Back Fields Back Fields

Fennell Fennell Fennell Fennell Fennell Fennell Fennell Fennell Fennell Fennell

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Friday, October 12, 2007 • 7 pm to 9 pm • Alumni Hall, Fennell Campus

Please RSVP to or call 905-575-2067


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A night to celebrate Mohawk’s distinguished Alumni Len Falco | B U S I N E S S Ted Lourenco | R E C E N T G R A D U A T E Scot Keith | C R E A T I V E A R T S George Morasse | C O M M U N I T Y S E R V I C E S Donald MacVicar | T E C H N O L O G Y Coming Soon | H E A L T H S C I E N C E S

Thursday, January 24, 2008 Michelangelo Banquet and Convention Centre Reception 5:30 p.m. | Dinner 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $65.00 | Table: $500.00 For more information, contact the Alumni Relations Office at 905-575-2258 or email Proceeds raised will support student bursaries

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A Distinct Honour




Business • Recent Graduate • Creative Arts • Community Services • Technology Len Falco • Ted Lourenco • Scot Keith • George Morrasse • Donald MacVicar


ecause we love to say, “we knew them when…”

From freshman year, through the course of their established careers, Mohawk graduates are having a tremendous social and economic impact on the lives and cities that surround them. As a College community, we’re eager to celebrate these accomplishments with the 2007 Alumni of Distinction Awards. Award candidates need not be rich or famous; rather, their nominations as Alumni of


Distinction Award finalists are based on their career achievements and commitment to others. This year’s nominees have set an impeccable standard of passion, dedication, creativity and drive. They offer daily inspiration to colleagues, and lead through action rather than lip service in their respective fields. They hail from full-time programs and Continuing Education courses; they rub shoulders with top-level executives and hard-working trades people. They’ve influenced everyone from TV celebrities to

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inner-city youth. And along the way, they’ve made a difference. One award winner is chosen from each of the categor ies of Creative Arts and Design, Business, Community Service, Health Sciences, Technology and Recent Graduate. The 2007 Alumni of Distinction Awards Recipients will be presented at an awards dinner on January 24, 2008 at Michelangelo’s Banquet and Conference Centre in Hamilton. Please meet our 2007 Alumni of Distinction winners...


Len Falco

Business Administration, 1972


en Falco is a Human Resources has been a fundamental part of Specialist and Management his ongoing success. Consultant whose four “As a business student and a companies help other businesses graduate, Mohawk provided me operate to their full potential. with a sense of direction and a LCM Associates, Ultimate Staffing, focus toward those areas where Centrex Human Resources and I developed a keen interest,” Kaben Properties Ltd. assist fellow he explains. “In my work I see organizations in everything from the impact and potential of hiring the right staff and finding office Mohawk graduates almost every space, to refining their philosophies day. I take great pride in opening and growing their clientele. It’s doors and providing (fellow something of an “Extreme Makeover” graduates) with opportunities.” for the corporate set -- and this In addition to LCM Associates, business guru knows of what he Falco’s business ventures include speaks. Ultimate Staffing, a full-service Falco has over 30 years experience staffing agency with a focus in general management, human on skilled trades and semi-skilled years. He has played a key role on the resources, consulting, training, workers; Centrex Human Resources Human Resources Committee, the recruiting and staffing. After honing Centre, an employment agency Past President’s Governing Council, his skills with a number of national focused on office and administrative and has chaired the Strategic Planning companies, he joined the family personnel; and Kaben Properties Ltd, Steering Committee. Agri-products business in Falco serves as Vice-Chair 1978. There, he developed a of the Mayor’s Physician “My vision is for an economically Recruitment and Retention strong management team and led them through an aggressive prosperous Hamilton that people are Task Force, which along plan that resulted in their with the City, the Chamber proud to call home.” growing from a $10 million and the Hamilton Academy company to a $30 million of Medicine, is actively organization in just six years. The a property management company addressing the issue of the doctor family then sold the business to Canada providing commercial office space. shortage. He is also the newlyPackers Inc., now Maple Leaf Foods. Along with his passion for appointed president of the historic In 1987, Falco founded LCM seeing others succeed, Falco is also Canadian Club of Hamilton, and Associates, a Human Resources committed to the revitalization of participates on numerous other Management Consulting and Training Hamilton’s downtown business core. volunteer committees in the firm in downtown Hamilton. For “I love the City of Hamilton,” he community, including the board of the past 20 years, he’s worked with says. “Everyone needs to establish PATH Employment Services, which businesses both large and small to ‘roots’ and Hamilton gives me that serves people with disabilities. improve their day-to-day operations place to belong. My vision is for an Falco is an avid Tiger Cats fan in such diverse areas as performance economically prosperous Hamilton and a passionate supporter of management, health and safety and that people are proud to call home.” music and theatre, which he shares quality control. By helping his fellow Through the years, Falco has with his wife Debby and their businesses to “focus on people,” he’s worked to ensure his vision becomes two teenaged children. He’s been shown them how to become strong, a reality. He is the immediate past- known to do some finger pickin’ cohesive units that make the most president of the Hamilton Chamber on the guitar and has recently of their employees’ talents, and their of Commerce, and has remained an been persuaded to resurrect his business potential. active volunteer on both the executive aspirations of a songwriting career. For Falco, his education at Mohawk and the board for the past seven His new CD is a work in progress. M O H AW K CO L L EGE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION | alumni.mohawkcollege.c a


Recent Graduate

Ted Lourenco

Construction Management, 2004 Having won numerous classroom awards, Lourenco was selected from his Union, Carpenters Local 18, as the one carpenter apprentice to enter the Provincial Carpentry and Acoustic & Drywall Apprenticeship Contest last year. Though he made what he considers to be a fairly serious error through the course of the competition, he credits the skills he learned at Mohawk for allowing him to recover and go on to win a notable second-place finish. “The lessons I learned at Mohawk made a huge difference for me,” Lourenco remembers. “I had been taught that there is always the potential for something to go wrong

Hamiltonian to claim the Canadian title in over 15 years. “The win caught me totally by surprise, but it was a very positive experience,” recalls Lourenco. “When asked about my accomplishments during my interview with Eastern Construction, I mentioned that I had won The National Carpentry Contest and graduated with Honours.” At the Eastern Construction Company Ltd., Lourenco is rapidly moving up the ranks and currently working as a Project Engineer on a $65 million build for the Toronto Police Services and City of Toronto. He owes much of his success to his personal commitment to learning, ed Lourenco was so satisfied and is proving himself on a daily with the education offered by basis. Mohawk College, that he just “During my time at Mohawk, one kept coming back. After graduating of my mentors told me that once you from the Construction get good and comfortable Engineering program with a skill, you should “The lessons I learned at Mohawk in 1997, he received his move on to something else,” Residential Design and Lourenco explains -- and he’s made a huge difference for me ... Construction certificate taken this advice to heart. I didn’t allow the challenges to via continuing education The learning curve continues in 2002, before returning stop me in my tracks.” for this graduate, who is again on a full-time basis currently working towards to study Architectural certifications from the Engineering Technology and in this industry, so I was confident in Ontario Association of Engineering Construction Management. my ability to problem solve. I didn’t Technicians and Technologists, as Throughout his classroom studies, allow the challenges to stop me in my well as completing the Canadian Lourenco credited his teachers with tracks.” Construction Association’s Gold Seal helping to instill a passion for the Lourenco proved himself Program. construction industry – an enthusiasm unstoppable last fall, when he His list of awards is growing, but that shone through the work he competed again in the National for Lourenco, the appeal of the produced. Lourenco was named to Carpentry Drywall & Millwright construction industry remains as the Dean’s Honour List three times Apprenticeship Contest, which was fresh as ever. before graduating with Honours in held here in Hamilton at Carpenters “I love working in the outdoors – it’s 2004. But ultimately, it was Mohawk’s Local 18. This time, he took first like being a kid all over again with the Apprenticeship Program that had the place and was named Canada’s top trucks and the building materials.” He most profound effect on his career. carpentry apprentice. He was the first smiles. “For me, it’s just good fun.”



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Creative Arts

Scot Keith

Advertising, 1992


cot Keith is the driving force creative team came up with a behind some of the nation’s great role reversal campaign. most talked-about advertising We launched it via press campaigns. His work has garnered conference and the story an astounding 150 awards in the went around the world,” past 16 years, and it’s likely you are explains Keith of the ads familiar with some of Keith’s work, that won an award for the even if you don’t know his name. most effective campaign in As Vice-President and General Canada from the Canadian Manager of Lowe Roche, Keith Marketing Association. The runs the day-to-day management resulting buzz went so far as of a top agency and handles such to inspire a whole episode on well-known clients as Audi, Nestlé Oprah, in which the popular Purina, Nokia and Johnson & daytime host aired the spots Johnson. Amidst a seismic shift and laughed at the humour in in the advertising business that is them. seeing traditional media like print, For Keith, a self-proclaimed television and radio expand into “small-town guy,” the success College. areas as diverse as micro-websites, has been more than a little “My education helped me packaging promotions and sports surreal. It’s also something he likes immensely once I started my career. properties, he feels there has never to share with those around him. been a better time to be in the “I’ve been lucky enough to work I think one of the key things about advertising business. with some really good people,” he my experience there is that the school, my professors “We’re seeing such and what I learned in the massive changes right now. Potentially, I can be “My education helped me immensely environment helped create this passion I have for the dealing with 11 different once I started my career. I think one business – a passion that accounts in 11 different industries on any given of the key things about my experience still burns very bright even 16 years later.” day. I actually think a lot there is that the school, my professors Keith’s passion is of people in the media obvious when, despite his business have a slight case and what I learned in the environment hectic schedule, he makes of ADD,” he laughs. “But helped create this passion I have for ongoing efforts to pursue I love that I’m always the business – a passion that still burns projects close to his heart. learning new things.” He does pro bono work One of Keith’s most very bright even 16 years later.” for the Toronto Zoo and recognized efforts, the Hockey Canada, and works “Relax, it’s just a game” campaign, was designed to put the says, clearly uncomfortable at being with numerous non-profit and fun back into minor hockey and singled out from the rest of his community service organizations. other youth sports. Motivated by team. “The advertising business is Keith has even taught advertising a story of parental rink rage gone a real group effort – it’s never just courses at the College level. He also relies on his wife Jacynte, bad, Keith felt driven to somehow about one person.” who works in media at CanWest make things better. Only problem Keith has valued teamwork since was, he didn’t have a client. his earliest days in the business, Global, for a second opinion on “I cold-called Hockey Canada when he traded in his youthful many of his projects. “She’s great to bounce stuff off of,” and explained what we wanted dreams of hockey stardom to attend to do. I wrote the brief and the the Advertising Program at Mohawk he smiles. “She’s my best critic.”..... M O H AW K CO L L EGE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION | alumni.mohawkcollege.c a


Community Services

George Morasse Recreation & Leisure, 1970

days of a lifetime. The best part skills and experience, must put our is that the success has allowed learning to good use, and my education us to bring nearly twice as at Mohawk laid the groundwork for many campers this summer. tremendous opportunities.” It’s been great.” Since his graduation in 1970, In his 30-year career as Mohawk has continued to play an Recreation Supervisor for the important role in Morasse’s life. His City of Hamilton, Morasse involvement with the College has has enjoyed the opportunity continued through his work with the to affect a countless number Hall of Fame and the Alumni Board, of lives for the better. He has and he’s even been a Convocation worked with youth from a speaker. Morasse and his wife, Donna, wide range of socio-economic also take great pride in the fact that backgrounds and has trained the both of their children are Mohawk full spectrum of staff members graduates. from Playground Supervisors “There are a lot of places I could to Board Members. Morasse has have fallen on my feet,” Morasse long emphasized the need for reflects, “but Mohawk, and Hamilton e’s a pillar of the community; results-oriented programming such have been great for our family.” Since his retirement in 1999, George a mentor to both young and as therapeutic recreation, to improve old, even a 2nd degree black both the physical and emotional has remained an active and dedicated volunteer. He has been a Board belt. But no job is too big or of Directors member with too small for George Morasse, “My education at Mohawk laid Crime Stoppers of Hamilton, a visionary who has dedicated the groundwork for tremendous as well as a reading tutor, coach 40 years of service to his and fundraiser for various noncommunity. You are as likely opportunities.” profit organizations. Morasse to find Morasse revamping is still involved in self defence the constitution of one of the region’s largest social service agencies, health of participants. Along the way, programs and Old-Timer’s hockey as flooding the ice rink at the local his “can-do” attitude has inspired too, when not enjoying a few rounds fellow staff members to go above and of golf -- he chairs or co-chairs a halfpark. Morasse currently serves on the beyond the norm in their own areas dozen tournaments each year. “In the words of my father, who was Board of Directors of Today’s Family of programming, particularly with a war veteran and a lifelong volunteer, – Early Learning and Child Care, regard to fitness and nutrition. With a talent for recognizing the you should try and make this world a an organization that operates programs for over 2,000 children strengths in others and encouraging better place when you leave here than and their families in Hamilton, their abilities, Morasse has made it was when you got here,” says Morasse a career out of building up the of the philosophy behind his drive to Halton, Haldimand and Norfolk. Morasse’s contributions are many, confidence of those around him. make a difference. “There are so many from restructuring the organization’s Looking back, these skills took root good kids who I’ve worked with; so by-laws, to building the success of their during his Leadership & Recreation many who have done so well, from doctors and nurses, to teachers and recreational programs by bringing in studies at Mohawk College. “At Mohawk, I learned that hard lawyers, to regular moms and dads, such heavy-hitting partners as Tim work and study are important, but many of whom have become lifelong Hortons Camps and the YWCA. “We took 25 kids to camp last year,” that the application of knowledge is friends. The excitement of moving Morasse remembers. “Just to see the equally important. My training helped from project to project with people look on their faces as they came off me to realize that those of us who have like these is what drives me. And it’s that bus, it was phenomenal – three been privileged to receive education, been a great ride.”



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Don MacVicar

Industrial Engineering Certificate, 1992


on MacVicar has long been a boon to Hamilton’s inner city youth; you could even call him a poster child of community involvement. You may recognize MacVicar as the featured face of Mohawk in newspaper advertisements and on Continuing Education calendars and brochures. As a firstgeneration college student who earned his degree as a mature student while working full-time at Dofasco, his achievements are certainly something to celebrate. “My education at Mohawk has helped me in so many ways, from managing logistics to helping me to better connect with people,” MacVicar explains. “You go to Mohawk to learn a skill or a trade, but it also teaches you that you have the ability to learn. What you’re doing on the job might be a different skill or application, but whatever it is, you know you’ll be able to master it.” MacVicar has been on a learning curve on behalf of North Hamilton children, youth and families for more than a quarter-century. When he and his wife Carole founded the nondenominational Wentworth Street Mission and Inner City Outreach at St. David’s Presbyterian nearly 20 years ago, they offered an alternative to drugs, crime and boredom, along with a solid, non-judgmental presence in kids’ lives. Through the years, their offerings have grown to include games and recreation, fundraising activities which allow many underprivileged children to attend summer camps and winter sports, along with family-themed holiday events, the distribution of Christmas hampers and annual toy drives for North End families. His service to local families grew in 2005 when MacVicar formed

the Robert land Community Association, which he continues to chair. His goal was to buy the former Robert Land School with the goal of transforming the building into a much-needed community centre for the 1,100 families living in North Hamilton’s Keith neighbourhood. With the help of private donations, along with support from the Hamilton Future Fund, the Hamilton Community Foundation and the Ontario Tr i l l i u m F o u n d a t i o n , MacVicar’s goal became a reality in fall 2006. Through a partnership with Mohawk College, MacVicar and the Community Association have provided students with hands-on learning, leadership and citizenship opportunities. During the 2006-2007 academic year, dozens of students across a wide variety of faculties completed field placements and class projects at Robert Land. “The students come in with such energy and enthusiasm, and they say to the kids, ‘hey, we’re just like you guys, you can go to college, too’”, says MacVicar. “They’re a tremendous inspiration.” His lifetime of communit y involvement has been celebrated across the city, and beyond. MacVicar was recognized as Hamilton’s 2006 Distinguished Citizen of the Year, and was awarded the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. He also received the Canada YMCA Peace Medal along with his wife Carole, in honour of their community service. “Continuing to dream for these kids, to let them know there is hope for their future, to see them smile and say ‘thanks’ – that’s what keeps you going,” says MacVicar of his work at Robert Land and the Inner City Outreach Ministry, “We’re a release

valve in the middle of their day, a place where they can diffuse anger and find love and support. We want them to explore different things, to see that they are the best kids in the city. We understand that their circumstances are tough now, but those things will change. At the end of the day, their problems aren’t as big as they were coming in.” MacVicar is an employee in Dofasco’s Purchasing Department and also a member of the company’s Employee Donations Fund. The fund allocates nearly $1 million annually to local non-profit organizations and is the single largest contributor to the United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton. In his early 20s, MacVicar was a record-setting power weight lifter and broke 39 Canadian records. He was a two-time North American Champion, a 1980 World Cup silver medallist, a 1983 World Championship silver medallist and a four-time undefeated Canadian Champion. MacVicar is also a member of the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.

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Student Association News



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Student Association News Mohawk College Association of Continuing Education Students (MCACES) an association served by a Board of Directors and its staff, provides direction and services to enhance and enrich the educational experience of all Continuing Education Students.


or 19 years, the area named MCACES could be most easily associated with the name Lynda McDermott. As of July 2007 the Manager and Resource for Continuing Education Student Activities has decided to leave her post and enjoy retirement. Lynda’s passion for students and commitment to lifelong learning are apparent through an array of Continuing Education accomplishments. As a graduate of the Liberal Studies Certificate (1989), Lynda spent a vast amount of time at Mohawk College during evening hours. Her understanding of the part-time student culture eventually led her to become an advocate for Continuing Education Students. Serving as a primary supporter for the needs of Continuing Education students at the College was easy for Lynda, who truly embodies the lifelong learning concept. During her role as Manager of MCACES, she concurrently studied and completed the Social Service Worker Diploma Program during part-time courses (1993), Volunteer Management (1997) and Management in the NonProfit Sector (2003) Certificates. Lynda is responsible for spearheading several programs and services that Continuing Education students can enjoy just by being enrolled in their courses. While all of these initiatives have proven to be successful, the project Lynda is most proud of is the building of the MCACES Centre at Mohawk College’s Fennell Campus in 1995. “The MCACES area at Fennell is what

MCACES STAFF Fennell Campus Karen Lavell, Manager Manager, Continuing Education Student Activities and Resource for MCACES Room F114C 905-575-2349

Lynda McDermott, Manager (retired) Continuing Education Student Activities and Resource for MCACES

MCACES is all about. It’s a welcoming place where CE students can access our many services and feel a sense of belonging.” Lynda is pleased with the innovation MCACES has consistently demonstrated throughout the years and attributes much of the success to the passion and commitment exemplified through Continuing Education students. Our Board of Directors and Staff consist of Continuing Education students who understand the complexities of work life balance. We would like to encourage anyone out there who is thinking of taking a CE course to do so, and take advantage of all the assistance MCACES can provide you for success in your respective classes. Congratulations Lynda on a wonderful career, and best wishes for a beautiful future!

MCACES Slate of Directors 2007-2008 Arun Jacob Ashleigh Cipolla Carmine DeLuca Giovanna Labbe Jennifer Ireson Chartrand

Jady Klyve Joan Gibson Karen Logan Leslie Forest Rose Marie McCarron

Sandi Johnston Assistant & Peer Tutor Coordinator Room F114 905-575-2176 Lidia Siino Employment Advisor Room F116E, 905-575-1212 ext. 3576 Brantford Campus Sara Colautti Brantford Programmer Room B101 519-758-6047 Stoney Creek Campus Amy Scott Stoney Creek Programmer Room 3 905-575-1212 ext.5005 or 905-575-2537 McMaster Campus: Institute for Applied Health Sciences IAHS Programmer Room 105 905-540-4247 ext.26411

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Student Association News MSA Incoming 2007-2008 Board:

Anthony Cascella, Kim Van Louwe, and Kyle Smith pose for a photo at the 11th Annual Appreciation Awards Banquet.

MSA Student Appreciation On Saturday, April 21, the Mohawk Students’ Association held their 11th Annual Appreciation Awards Banquet. This is an opportunity to say goodbye to the outgoing Board of Directors and to welcome the incoming Board of Directors.

Back row: Aaron MacDonald, Anthony Cascella, Elijah Brooks, and Stephen Toma. Front row: Victoria Scott, Jason Lee, Sarah Beno, Janelle Naiman, and Aysha Malic Outgoing MSA Board 2006-2007

It is also a wonderful opportunity to recognize individuals, students, staff or faculty for going above and beyond the call of duty — people who make Mohawk College the college of choice.

Congratulations to the following winners: Print Media Award: Penny Weir Entertainment Award: Sara Beno C101.5 Award: Ian Campbell Arnie/Cellar Award: Elizabeth Bancroft & Michael Anderson Campus Den Award: Nicole Van Allen Walk Safe Award: Fallon Pitt Applied Arts Class Rep: Tia Anastasia Hess Technology Class Rep: Doug Roche Business Class Rep: Sarah Beno Brantford Class Rep: Laura Wenzel & Meg Yzerman Brantford Instructor Award: Dennis Campbell Brantford Recognition Award: Shelley Lang IAHS Class Rep: Melanie McDermott IAHS Recognition Award: Dusty Vacon SAC Award: Matt Schnarr IAHS Instructor Award: Darlene Sheremet Business Instructor Award: Gary Sawchuk Applied Arts Instructor Award: Denise Dickie MSA Staff Award: Jamie Smith Residence Award: Katie Kuckyt Jostens Awards: Jason Lee & Jennifer Worthy Award of Excellence: Jessica Vanhooren The MSA would like to congratulate all the nominees and winners. 34

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Back row: Assad Housein, John Craig, Kyle Smith, Anthony Cascella, Aaron MacDonald, Jessica Vanhooren. Front row: Edmund Frye, Jason Lee, Jennifer Worthy, Ashley Du Pon, and Sarah Beno. MSA Staff 2007-2008

Back row: Les Palango, Kim Van Louwe, Kathy Inman, Michael Zajac and Jamie Smith Front row: Amy Scott, Jayne Woods, Lindsey Dyment, Michelle Douglas, Amanda Tallon, Wendy Rolfe, Maggie Gallagher and Ashleigh Cipolla

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Honours for our finest athletes at Varsity Banquet The 40th Annual Athletic Awards Banquet was held on Saturday March 31, 2007 at Michelangelo’s. The evening highlighted the athletic accomplishments of Mohawk’s 13 varsity teams including 10 OCAA Championship medals, 31 OCAA All Academic Athletes, 5 CCAA All Academic Athletes, 3 CCAA All Canadians, 2 CCAA Athletes of the Month and 1 OCAA Player of the Year. JASMIN CULL “Wes Hicks” Outstanding Male Athlete

This Award recognizes the Mohawk College Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year and is named after Wes Hicks, former Athletic Director and member of both the Mountaineer and OCAA Hall of Fame. This year’s Outstanding Male Athlete Award goes to second-year Recreation and Leisure Services student Jasmin Cull. There is one word that describes Jasmin: “Power.” You missed something this year if you didn’t see him in action for the 11-and-1, OCAA silver medal winning men’s volleyball team. When Jasmin got rolling, opponents did not want to be on the receiving end of one of his smashes. In 12 matches and 36 games, he had 164 kills, 34 service aces and 11 stuff blocks. That adds up to 209 points which is 5.81 points per game. He was the Central West Scoring Champion, and led the entire OCAA. He was both Canadian Colleges Athletic Association All Canadian and Athlete of the Month. Jasmin was the OCAA Male Volleyball Player of the Year and first Team League All-Star. Add to these honours, All-Star berths at the Fanshawe, Durham and Limoilou tournaments. He was a Second Team All-Star at the CCAA Championship.


MARGARET MYJAK Outstanding Female Athlete

MATT SCHNARR All Round Male Athlete

This Award recognizes the Mohawk College Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year. For the second year, the 2006-2007 Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year, is recreation and Leisure Services student Margaret Myjak. A bubbly personality is not part of the criteria for this award but Margaret’s a wonderful young lady who is one of the most positive people you are going to meet. Her varsity season started with a return to the Cross Country team and she fashioned a 23rd place finish at the Ontario Championship and a respectable 63rd at the Nationals. Most of us know Margaret as a top-flight Badminton player and she had another stellar year. She won numerous invitational titles. That led to an OCAA Silver Medal, after a narrow 2-1 defeat to the Gold Medal winner, whom she had beaten en route to the women’s singles championship match. She was a Canadian Colleges Athletic Association All-Canadian, as well as CCAA Athlete of the month. And, being a fine student as well, she was selected to both the OCAA and CCAA All-Academic teams.

This award is given in recognition of Mohawk College’s All Round Male Varsity Athlete of the Year. The 2006-2007 All Round Male Athlete, a General Arts and Science student is Matt Schnarr. Matt provided leadership and achievement on and off the court. Not only did the Students’ Athletic Committee benefit from his return, as its returning chair, so did two varsity sports. Our All Round Male Athlete completed his fourth year with the Men’s Volleyball team, which, with a sparkling 11-1 record went on to win an OCAA Silver Medal and represent the province at the National Championship. A real workhorse, Matt played in all 12 league matches and 36 games at the Libero or defensive specialist position. Matt was a first team OCAA All-Star, a tournament All-Star at the Limoilou Invitational and was his division’s MVP in the OCAA All-Star Game. He is also an accomplished Badminton player and was the proud recipient of a Bronze Medal in Men’s Singles at the OCAA Championships.

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ALI BETTGER All Round Female Athlete

This award is given in recognition of Mohawk College’s All Round Female Varsity Athlete of the Year. This year’s All Round Female Athlete, a second year Recreation and Leisure Services student is Ali Bettger. “All Round” definitely describes Ali. She was a key performer for the Mohawk Women’s Soccer team, which finished with a 4-2-2 record. She scored two goals, but simply dominated her midfield position and that’s why she was named an OCAA League All-Star. She joined the Women’s Basketball team after Christmas and scored 20 points, averaging 3.3 points a game. She is even a good Cross Country runner. She finished 27th in the OCAA Championship, which was second among Mohawk runners.

Varsity MOUNTAINEER HALL OF FAME WELCOMES 2007 INDUCTEES Mohawk College Athletics & Recreation Department hosted their annual Mountaineer Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday June 13, 2007 at the Fennell Campus. Surrounded by family, friends and past Hall of Fame inductees, the newest inductees were entered into the Hall of Fame...

Alumni Pat Gavey, Mike Mecimovich, Tracy (Hynd) Hopkins, and Dennis Piccolotto all received recognition for their excellence as athletes at Mohawk.

Pat Gavey returned home to Mohawk College after turning down a lucrative USA scholarship, and our Golf program is grateful for that decision. Pat led the Mountaineers to a team Gold Medal performance in 1991 with an Individual Silver Medal that same year. This added to Pat’s Bronze Medal in 1989 where he made a fantastic save on the final hole in regulation and persevered over a five man playoff for his medal. The class and character Pat Gavey exhibited with the Golf program during this time was reflected in the respect and recognition from his teammates at Mohawk and fellow competitors in the Ontario College Athletic Association (OCAA). Dennis Piccolotto’s outstanding contribution as the Goalie for our Men’s Soccer program was recognized on and off the field. On the field Dennis shone as a member of the 1989 OCAA & Canadian College Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Soccer Gold Medal team. Dennis allowed a meagre two goals in League play and was named Top Keeper in the OCAA. The following year, 1990, Dennis was recognized as an OCAA All Star, Top Keeper again and a CCAA All Canadian as the Mountaineers won the OCAA Silver medal. For his efforts Dennis was named Mohawk College Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year. Dennis’ skill and determination were the key ingredients in these outstanding contributions to Mohawk Men’s Soccer history. Tracy (Hynd) Hopkins was a reluctant superstar if ever there was one. While quiet and humble by nature, Tracy spoke loudly with her athleticism, leading the Women’s Basketball team to an OCAA Silver, Bronze and finally Gold Medal, in three consecutive years (1988 to 1990). A natural scorer with blazing speed, Tracy was twice an OCAA First Team All Star (1989,1990) and a CCAA All Canadian (1989) as she averaged over 17 points per game in these final two seasons. She led our team to Ontario’s first ever CCAA Women’s Basketball medal (Bronze) in 1990 and was twice named team MVP and Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year in 1989 at the Athletic Awards Banquet. Mike Hecimovich powered the Mohawk Men’s Volleyball team to amazing results during his career. Mike began his string of successes as team MVP in 1980. In 1981 and 1982, the Mountaineers captured the OCAA Gold Medal both years led by Mike’s leadership and skill from the power position on the floor. For his efforts Mike was named Mohawk Outstanding Male Athlete in 1981 and an OCAA League All Star in 1982. The consummate team player, Mike applied this team philosophy after his Collegiate playing career ended as he coached the Mountaineers from 1982 to 1985.

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Creating Opportunities... Through Student Bursaries. “ Match your gift dollar for dollar” and double the impact of your generosity. Affording a college education remains a challenge for many. Mohawk’s Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS) Campaign will provide bursaries for students who have the ability and talent but face the financial challenge of a college education. Mohawk is committed to removing barriers to ensure access to the knowledge and skill needed to open doors to great careers. Our Bursary Campaign will do just that!

When our student fundraisers call, please be generous.

Students and learning are at the heart of all we do.



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Fundraising Update

Students Inviting Alumni To Give Back The Student Bursary Alumni Phone Campaign is well on its way to earning more money for Student Bursaries at Mohawk College. Students currently enrolled at Mohawk College are reaching out to the Alumni for their support. Affording a college education remains a challenge for many. Mohawk’s Bursary Alumni Phone Campaign will provide bursaries for students who have the ability and talent but face the financial challenge of a college education. The Ontario Government will first match every dollar being donated until it reaches $464,000, and then the Ontario Government will increase its match to three dollars for every dollar being donated. All the donations being collected are permanently endowed,

and annual interest will create bursaries for students needing financial assistance. Between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Mohawk College students have been calling alumni, looking for donations to support the new Bursary Alumni Phone Campaign. As Dionne (a student caller) says: “This is a perfect way for alumni to give back and get reconnected with Mohawk.” Without bursaries, the thousands of students who apply for financial assistance each year, would not have the ability to achieve a higher education. Kieu (a student caller) says: “Having bursaries at Mohawk is giving students who are in financial need a chance to get a good education, and go further in life.” The Campaign has been a success so far with many donations coming in through

phone solicitations, pledge mail-outs and online donations. Dana, the Bursary Alumni Phone Campaign Assistant says “part of the success of this campaign is the enthusiasm and drive the student callers have, knowing the donations they receive are going to support students like themselves who are in financial need.” If you would like more information on how to make a donation to Student Bursaries, please contact Ann Clark in the Development Office at 905-575-1212 ext. 3298 or visit When one of our student fundraiser callers contacts you, please be generous. You are helping create opportunities through student bursaries.

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Grad Grapevine




Office Administration 2004

I recently got married in June and moved out to Alberta about a year and half ago to work. I have been working at the same worldwide company for a year. My job is helping me to gain tons of experience in many different areas. I would like to thank all of Mohawk College for giving me the skills to find a great career like the one I have now.

Paul Baker

Community Planning Program 1971

Paul Baker is retiring from the City of Cambridge after a distinguished 36 year career with the City of Cambridge Planning Department. Paul retired on March 31, 2007, from the position of Zoning Administrator and was one of only a few remaining employees who started with the former City of Galt prior to the amalgamation that formed the City of Cambridge in 1973. I believe that Paul is a graduate of the Community Planning program from 1971.

Tina Takach

Jodi Osinga

Law & Security Administration 1985

Pharmacy Technician 1994

Greetings fellow classmates! The years have passed quickly. I am working for the Hamilton School Board as an Educational Assistant. Would love to hear from former classmates. I can be reached at

After graduation, I started working for Limeridge Medical Pharmacy which was my placement in the summer of 1994 until 2001 and transferred to Victoria Pharmacy across from the Hamilton General and currently still employed there. I married my high school love, Jeff from Caledonia, and have two wonderful boys Bailey (eight) and Brayden (four).

Rosario Cappa

Len Snell

Industrial Engineering Technology 1994

Would love to hear from anyone that graduated from the Provincial Institute of Textiles (PIT) from 1951 to 1955. Please contact me at 905-689-4064 or Would be great to meet up at Homecoming!

I recently became a Project Manager Professional (PMP). Completed work on a new manufacturing facility in China with equipment installations. I have a six-monthold baby named Jared and two-and-a-half year-old daughter named Autumn.

PIT 1953


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Grad Grapevine James Tiffany

Dolly Konzelmann

Business Finance 1978

IMT 1984

Moved to China in 1996 to start a business in one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

Dolly Konzelmann is the President of Cutting Edjj Consultin, a firm that specializes in training, recruitment and consulting. She is also the President of International Customer Service Association TC. Dolly and Eric have two daughters attending Waterloo University and reside in Mississauga.

Jennifer Burke

Networking & Hardware 2002

Opening a Jugo juice franchise in the fall.

Andy J. Bruggeman

Business Administration 1978

Rosalinda Gallo

Getting close to retirement. 25 years married to Lorna July 31, 2007.

Office Administration 2002

Glorie T. Chimbganda Child & Youth Worker 2006

I moved to Ireland after I finished my course. It’s been great living and working here. I meet many Canadians in the same field. Mohawk’s training helped me to get the brilliant job. Thanks especially to Nancy Brown Brunton, I wish all teachers/professors at Mohawk were like her.

Norman Walsh

I got married on August 27, 2005, to a former Mohawk grad as well, Paolo Gallo. We had a baby on November 1, 2006, GianLuca Riccardo Gallo weighing in at 7lbs 2 oz. I am currently on maternity leave.

Scott Boyle

Insurance Administration 1992

Married September 15, 2006, child on the way.

Tracey Frost

Child & Youth Worker 1996

Business Administration 1999

Hi to anybody that remembers me. Please make contact with because I have job opportunities available.

I am happily married to Bryon Frost (Marketing 2000) and we have two adorable children together, Brady 3, and Caden 3 months. We recently moved to a new house in Brantford.

Protection of Personal Information From time to time, you may be contacted either by mail, e-mail or phone by one of our services and benefits partners regarding one of our programs. Mohawk College is proud of its relationship with a number of trusted partners and service providers who have an established record of treating personal information with care and provide valuable services and benefits to our alumni. We appreciate you taking the time to learn about the programs and the latest offers available. We want to let you know that at no time will your name or contact information be shared with anyone not specifically authorized by Alumni Relations. Mohawk College respects the privacy of its alumni and the sensitivity of personal information. All of our partners sign strict confidentiality agreements with us prior to receiving any contact information. Should you wish to not be contacted about services and benefit programs, JUST CALL 905-575-2258 or e-mail and tell us you wish to OPT OUT of affinity marketing plans. Thank you for your interest and your participation in the services and benefits provided by the Alumni Association and the Alumni Relations Department.


IN TOUCH Keep your Alumni Record Current and Up-to-Date ! To update your Alumni Record, please contact: Phone: 905-575-2258, Fax: 905-575-2443 Mohawk College, Alumni Relations Alumni House, P.O. Box 2034 Hamilton, ON L8N 3T2

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Looking Back

Gray Matters

Passionate about college life, Carolyn Gray served Mohawk as a welcoming face, a creator of opportunity, and a facilitator of success. Written by Kate Schooley


or many Mohawk students, Carolyn Gray was the face they saw as they first considered a College education. Later, she was the one who kept them connected long after they’d left the campus. For many students, Carolyn embodied the “what if ” and the “remember when” of the Mohawk experience. Over the course of her career, she affected nearly every aspect of life at Mohawk. Carolyn worked vigorously behind the scenes to broaden educational opportunities. She left a unique footprint on campus life and built a remarkable career along the way. Originally from Niagara Falls, Carolyn graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University before joining the Mohawk staff in 1976. She was a support worker in the early days for the Faculty of Continuing Education. But it wasn’t long before she began her ascent up the corporate ladder, moving quickly into the role of Manager of School Liaison, which entailed visiting high schools to recruit potential applicants. “I was selling the College concept, introducing students to what College is all about,” remembers Carolyn. “It was a super job that allowed me to get to know so many people in the school system, both locally and farther afield. I also got to work with many faculty and staff in the College and gained a real understanding of the programs and career paths that colleges offer.” Carolyn’s talent for bringing new students on board grew into a knack for wooing businesses as well. She took on the role of Chair of Contract Services, working at linking Mohawk to local companies and securing training contracts. “Training people in Business (and) Industry was both a means to serve the 42

community, and to generate funds for the College other than through traditional sources,” she explains. “Companies became involved, received training and offered training opportunities to students. Often, they provided equipment to the College as part of the contract, which creates a real win-win situation.” Through the late ‘80s, Carolyn’s responsibilities continued to expand. She managed a computer centre that still operates today. Thanks to her additional roles in real estate programs and consulting services, her job grew into the position of Director of Contract Services and Partnerships. Carolyn was then offered an opportunity to return to the Faculty of Continuing Education, this time as Academic Chair for the Applied and General Arts area. It was a hands-on chance to make a difference, which she eagerly accepted. Soon, the Business area was added to her CE portfolio. When the Dean retired in the late 1990s, Carolyn was one of four chairs to accept a position as part of a self-managed “Dean Team.” With the presidential change in 2000, she was asked to take over as acting Vice President of Contract Training and Continuing Education and join the ranks of senior management. When current President MaryLynn West-Moynes took over, Carolyn was appointed VP, Community and Economic Development, in which she oversaw the challenging portfolios of CE, Contract Training and Co-op, Development and Alumni. Carolyn took special joy in her Alumni responsibilities, which gave her the chance to meet former graduates and hear about the success they had achieved. “For me, since I have worked in recruiting students and trying to convey

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what our programs have to offer, it is the culmination of our work as a College when meeting grads who have succeeded in their chosen career path. To me, that circle of education is so exciting and dynamic -- so unique and enervating.” Shortly before retirement, Carolyn was asked to lead the development of programs for the Brantford Campus. She retired from the position of VP, Lifelong Learning and Brantford having completed a revitalization plan which relies heavily on community involvement. “Brantford is a wonderful and unique community that is highly supportive of postsecondary education,” Carolyn explains. “I feel honoured to have gotten to know some of the community leaders there.” Though now retired, Carolyn has no plans to stop working. She continues to serve as a volunteer on several boards in Hamilton and Brantford, and is an active Rotary member. She’ll also be chairing a Retirees’ Committee to help with Scholarships and Bursaries for Mohawk students. She hopes always to be able to stay ‘in touch’.

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In Touch Magazine Fall 2007  

The Mohawk College Alumni Association produces their In Touch Magazine bi-annually, to keep Mohawk Alumni aware of what is happening in the...

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